Veteran car joins war tribute drive

Phil Diffey with his Humber 1914.
Phil Diffey with his Humber 1914.

The owners of a veteran car are preparing to join a cavalcade to honour those who fought in the First World War.

Phil and Jan Diffey, from Haynes, are taking their 1914-built Humber to London for the Great War Commemoration Parade, before paying personal tribute to relatives who died in the war in Belgium.

The parade, organised by The Veteran Car Club, features 43 vehicles dating from 1914, driving through the capital.

Mrs Diffey said: “We are busy polishing and cleaning the car to get ready to go.

“On Sunday, we’re heading to the Brooklands Museum for a public display of the cars, before making the drive through London on Monday.

“Then 30 vehicles make the trip to Belgium to visit several war graves next Wednesday.”

She added: “It means a lot to my husband as his father was in WW1 at Ypres and, while he survived to come home, his Uncle George was buried there.”

The couple have called their 11-horsepower car Edith after the initials on the number plate – PF.

Mrs Diffey added it has a top speed of 40mph, “if you are brave enough” and they have packed a set of spare parts for the journey.

The Great War Commemoration Parade departs from the Royal Hospital, Chelsea at 10am. It heads to The Mall where the cars will be on display before they leave for The Imperial War Museum at 12.30pm.

The event will be attended by Prince Michael of Kent. For more information and a detailed route, go to www.greatwarcentenaryparade.org